Labrador Retriever Is Most Popular Dog Breed (Again)

Labrador Retriever side viewFor the 26th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever has been named the country’s most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC®), the nation’s largest purebred dog registry. The rankings showed little change at the top for 2016 compared to 2015 with the German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Beagle, French Bulldog, Poodle, Rottweiler, Yorkshire Terrier, and Boxer rounding out the top 10.

Overall, the terriers did increase in popular with the Russell Terrier jumping from 104th to 90th, the Rat Terrier edging up 5 slots to 96th and the Parson Russell Terrier and the Dinmont Terrier also seeing gains.


LABRADOR RETRIEVER At-A-Glance
Labrador Retriever front view

  • Officially recognized by the AKC in 1917
  • Originally called a St. John’s Dog or lesser Newfoundland dog
  • Bred to hunt both upland game birds and waterfowl
  • Classified in the gundog, retriever family
  • Described as active, friendly and outgoing
  • Standard colors are black, chocolate, and yellow
  • Average weight is 65-80 lbs. (male) and 55-70 lbs. (female); Average height at withers is 23 in. (male) and 22 in. (female)
  • Matures moderately fast, reaching adult height from 6-12 months
  • Labs are known for their broad head, drop ears and large, expressive eyes
  • Labs have thick but fairly short double coat
  • Good option for a family dog BUT need lots of exercise otherwise they can become destructive when left alone
  • Considered to be intelligent and easy to train



Most Popular Dog Breeds in Major Cities
(Registration data pulled from zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service)

ATLANTA
Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd
French Bulldog
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
BOSTON
Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd
French Bulldog
Yorkshire Terrier
CHICAGO
Labrador Retriever
French Bulldog
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Rottweiler
DALLAS
Labrador Retriever
Bulldog
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd
French Bulldog
DENVER
Labrador Retriever
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Bulldog
French Bulldog
HOUSTON
Labrador Retriever
Bulldog
German Shepherd
French Bulldog
Golden Retriever
LOS ANGELES
Labrador Retriever
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Bulldog
Beagle
MIAMI
German Shepherd
French Bulldog
Labrador Retriever
Dachshund
Golden Retriever
NEW YORK
French Bulldog
Labrador Retriever
Bulldog
German Shepherd
Poodle
RALEIGH
Labrador Retriever
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Beagle
Poodle
SAN FRANCISCO
French Bulldog
Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
Bulldog
Poodle
SEATTLE
Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd
Bulldog
French Bulldog
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
Poodle
French Bulldog
German Shepherd
WEST PALM BEACH
Labrador Retriever
German Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Rottweiler
French Bulldog










Most Popular Dog Breeds – Full Ranking List
(source: AKC.org)

Breed Yearly Rank
2016 2015 2014 2013
Retrievers (Labrador) 1 1 1 1
German Shepherd Dogs 2 2 2 2
Retrievers (Golden) 3 3 3 3
Bulldogs 4 4 4 5
Beagles 5 5 5 4
French Bulldogs 6 6 9 11
Poodles 7 8 7 8
Rottweilers 8 9 10 9
Yorkshire Terriers 9 7 6 6
Boxers 10 10 8 7
Pointers (German Shorthaired) 11 11 12 13
Siberian Huskies 12 12 13 14
Dachshunds 13 13 11 10
Great Danes 14 15 15 16
Doberman Pinschers 15 14 14 12
Australian Shepherds 16 17 18 20
Miniature Schnauzers 17 16 16 17
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 18 20 22 24
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 19 18 19 18
Shih Tzu 20 19 17 15
Boston Terriers 21 22 23 23
Pomeranians 22 21 20 19
Havanese 23 24 25 25
Shetland Sheepdogs 24 23 21 21
Brittanys 25 26 27 30
Spaniels (English Springer) 26 27 28 28
Bernese Mountain Dogs 27 29 32 32
Mastiffs 28 25 26 26
Spaniels (Cocker) 29 30 30 29
Chihuahuas 30 28 24 22
Vizslas 31 32 34 34
Pugs 32 33 33 31
Maltese 33 31 29 27
Weimaraners 34 34 35 33
Newfoundlands 35 37 37 37
Miniature American Shepherds 36
Collies 37 36 36 35
Border Collies 38 38 40 44
Basset Hounds 39 39 42 41
Cane Corso 40 35 48 50
West Highland White Terriers 41 41 38 36
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 42 40 39 39
Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 43 42 41 43
Shiba Inu 44 45 47 46
Bichons Frises 45 44 44 40
Akitas 46 46 46 45
Belgian Malinois 47 51 60 60
Bullmastiffs 48 43 45 40
St. Bernards 49 50 51 47
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 50 47 49 51
Portuguese Water Dogs 51 52 52 49
Bloodhounds 52 49 50 48
Papillons 53 48 43 38
Australian Cattle Dogs 54 56 55 58
Airedale Terriers 55 53 57 56
Spaniels (English Cocker) 56 60 62 62
Bull Terriers 57 55 53 52
Scottish Terriers 58 58 59 55
Alaskan Malamutes 59 54 54 57
Whippets 60 57 56 59
Chinese Shar-Pei 61 59 58 54
Dalmatians 62 62 66 64
Dogues de Bordeaux 63 63 63 65
Pointers (German Wirehaired) 64 68 71 71
Samoyeds 65 61 68 67
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 66 66 76 80
Great Pyrenees 67 67 75 69
Miniature Pinschers 68 64 61 53
Cardigan Welsh Corgis 69 76 78 75
Cairn Terriers 70 70 69 61
Lhasa Apsos 71 65 67 63
Italian Greyhounds 72 71 74 66
Irish Wolfhounds 73 69 72 73
Chow Chows 74 73 70 70
Old English Sheepdogs 75 74 77 78
Setters (Irish) 76 72 73 72
Chinese Crested 77 75 65 68
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 78 78 80 74
Giant Schnauzers 79 81 83 83
Coton de Tulear 80 85 31
American Staffordshire Terriers 81 77 84 76
Staffordshire Bull Terriers 82 79 79 79
Bouviers des Flandres 83 83 81 82
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 84 92 94 93
Standard Schnauzers 85 91 90 90
Border Terriers 86 82 85 81
Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 50 99 99 97
Basenjis 88 50 86 85
Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 89 86 92 94
Russell Terriers 90 104 105 102
Tibetan Terriers 91 90 88 88
Keeshonden 92 84 50 86
Pekingese 93 80 82 77
Norwegian Elkhounds 94 88 103 103
Leonbergers 95 93 104 98
Rat Terriers 96 101 111
Brussels Griffons 97 95 91 84
Borzois 98 89 102 99
Neapolitan Mastiffs 99 106 114 111
Silky Terriers 100 102 101 92
Fox Terriers (Wire) 101 94 95 96
Setters (English) 102 96 89 91
Norwich Terriers 103 103 97 89
Setters (Gordon) 104 105 100 105
Spinoni Italiani 105 112 118 117
American Hairless Terriers 106
Belgian Tervuren 107 98 110 108
Japanese Chin 108 97 93 50
Parson Russell Terriers 109 111 116 100
Spaniels (Boykin) 110 107 108 121
Welsh Terriers 111 108 106 104
Schipperkes 112 109 109 109
Afghan Hounds 113 100 98 95
Lagotti Romagnoli 114
Irish Terriers 115 113 125 123
Toy Fox Terriers 116 110 115 107
Pointers 117 114 119 114
Tibetan Spaniels 118 115 122 106
Black Russian Terriers 119 116 127 118
Miniature Bull Terriers 120 121 129 125
Bluetick Coonhounds 121 123 130 128
American Eskimo Dogs 122 118 120 110
Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 123 128 133 124
Fox Terriers (Smooth) 124 122 124 116
Salukis 125 132 134 115
Bearded Collies 126 119 121 112
Kerry Blue Terriers 127 124 128 126
Black and Tan Coonhounds 128 127 126 113
Belgian Sheepdogs 129 120 123 119
English Toy Spaniels 130 129 138 135
Boerboels 131 126 64
Briards 132 130 132 127
Manchester Terriers 133 137 136 120
Norfolk Terriers 134 131 131 129
Tibetan Mastiffs 135 133 135 132
Australian Terriers 136 125 139 122
Treeing Walker Coonhounds 137 117 112 101
Bedlington Terriers 138 146 140 137
Xoloitzcuintli 139 135 142 139
Beaucerons 140 142 145 152
Berger Picards 141
Setters (Irish Red and White) 142 148 155 145
Redbone Coonhounds 143 139 148 133
Spaniels (Clumber) 144 134 143 131
Lakeland Terriers 145 141 149 134
German Pinschers 146 138 141 130
Spaniels (Field) 147 145 137 140
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens 148 143 150 138
Affenpinschers 149 136 144 143
Spaniels (Irish Water) 150 144 152 141
Greyhounds 151 147 147 148
Ibizan Hounds 152 160 159 151
Icelandic Sheepdogs 153 140 146 142
Scottish Deerhounds 154 152 157 165
Sealyham Terriers 155 158 169 158
Spaniels (American Water) 156 157 160 144
Wirehaired Vizslas 157 156 107
Plotts 158 149 154 149
Pulik 159 154 151 136
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos 160 153 166 153
Entlebucher Mountain Dogs 161 159 153 155
Spanish Water Dogs 162 167 113
Swedish Vallhunds 163 155 158 147
Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 164 151 163 163
Kuvaszok 165 150 161 150
Otterhounds 166 180 179 172
Dandie Dinmont Terriers 167 172 167 168
Pharaoh Hounds 168 171 164 160
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 169 164 170 157
American English Coonhounds 170 166 156 146
Lowchen 171 161 165 154
Spaniels (Sussex) 172 173 175 162
Finnish Lapphunds 173 169 173 171
Norwegian Buhunds 174 165 172 166
Chinooks 175 177 171 156
Pyrenean Shepherds 176 176 178 169
Komondorok 177 163 168 159
Skye Terriers 178 175 177 161
Finnish Spitz 179 178 174 170
Glen of Imaal Terriers 180 168 162 167
Canaan Dogs 181 170 176 164
Cesky Terriers 182 179 182 174
Cirnechi dell’Etna 183 162 117
Bergamasco 184 174 96
Sloughis 185
Harriers 186 183 181 173
English Foxhounds 150 184 183 177
Norwegian Lundehunds 188 182 184 175
American Foxhounds 189 181 180 176


 

RESOURCES:
https://diamondpup.com/border-collie-ultimate-guide/
http://www.lorkenfarms.com/labrador%20Retriever%20history.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever
http://www.akc.org/content/news/articles/most-popular-dog-breeds-full-ranking-list
http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/sporting/labrador-retriever.html
http://www.petmd.com/dog/breeds/c_dg_labrador_retriever

 

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